Justice Department will not prosecute the officer who shot Jacob Blake

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MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Federal prosecutors said Friday they would not press charges against a white police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last year.

Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake, who is black, during a domestic disruption in Kenosha in August 2020. The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist up and sparked several nights of protests. An Illinois man shot three people, killing two of them, during one of the protests.

State prosecutors decided not to press charges against Sheskey in January after video showed Blake was armed with a knife.

The US Department of Justice launched its own investigation days after the shooting. The agency said on Friday it would not pursue charges against Sheskey either, saying there was not enough evidence to prove he used excessive force or violated Blake’s federal rights.

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